Carrot Cake ~Doctored Mix Recipe

Carrot Cake

***This makes a lot of cake batter.  You can bake up and freeze and extra layers, tightly wrapped…or you can half the recipe.  If you half the recipe, I would go with the spice cake mix rather than the white.

1 box spice mix

1 box white

Follow box instructions, substituting orange juice for half of the water.

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 c. shredded coconut

2 1/4-2 1/2 cups carrots

4 oz. crushed, drained pineapple. (We buy 8 oz cans of crushed pineapple and just use about half)

1 cup chopped pecans.

** Mix cake mixes together according to box instructions.  Then add remaining ingredients.  Bake at 325″ until cakes spring back when touched in the center.

I love carrot cake!  I love this version, and it is so similar to my scratch version.  I’m not a fan of carrot cake mix–I much prefer adding my own carrots and other ingredients.  This cake is even better with cream cheese frosting!

Category: Cakes and Cupcakes, Recipes


  1. Dulce says: #1

    Sounds delicious! Can this be covered in fondant? Or would it be too soft?

  2. BeBe says: #2

    Hi, we haven’t tried putting fondant on this cake. I’m afraid it might be too soft because of the pineapple.

  3. LesleyB says: #3

    I used this recipe and covered it in fondant and it held up great!

  4. Erica Stewart-Young says: #4

    I wanted to see if raisins could be added…maybe switched out for the coconut.

  5. BeBe says: #5

    We haven’t tried that but I would think that you could. Let us know if you give it a try.

  6. Danielle Wilson says: #6

    Could this recipe be used to make cupcakes also? And if so how many do you think it might make? Thanks :)

  7. BeBe says: #7

    Hi Danielle, yes, you could make cupcakes with this recipe. I think it would make 4 dozen (48 cupcakes)

  8. Lori Allen says: #8

    Hi, when you say to follow the instructions on the box do you mean to just add both mixes to a bowl and then follow the directions for one of the mixes or both ( 3 eggs vs 6 eggs, etc) Thanks, Lori Allen, VA

  9. BeBe says: #9

    Hi Lori, yes, add the two mixes to a bowl and follow directions for both, 6 eggs, etc.

  10. Taylor Elliott says: #10

    What about using this for a 2-3 tier cake? 90th birthday celebration and I’ve been recruited for the cake job to feed 65… Her favorite is carrot, but not sure how it would stack up.

  11. BeBe says: #11

    Hi Taylor, you should have no problem making the carrot cake as a 2 to 3 tier cake. Your dowels (we use bubble T straws) and cake boards will hold the weight of the tiers so there should be no problem. Here is a link to Melissa’s video on Tier Stacking if you would like to watch it, link to

    The tiers could be assembled on site if you are worried about traveling with a 3 tier cake.

  12. EmpyP says: #12

    Which brand of cake mix you use for this recipe the Pillsbury?

  13. BeBe says: #13

    Hi EmpyP, My memory is that Pillsbury does not have a carrot cake mix and we used either Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines

  14. Lisa Broughton says: #14

    Hi, do you have a scratch carrot cake recipe? Thanks x

  15. BeBe says: #15

    Hi Lisa, when are you making your carrot cake? I’m actually testing a couple of recipes this weekend.

  16. Lisa Broughton says: #16

    I have nothing at the mo but would love to know your findings, Thank you.

  17. Janice Font says: #17

    Hi, would it be ok to leave out the nuts? My other half is not a fan of them. Thanks!

  18. Melissa Diamond says: #18

    Hi Janice, yes no problem! ;0) Hope you like it!

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